If you wanted ‘dressy’ in 1960 then the Chevy Impala was a good choice and particularly eye-catching in Roman Red paint.
For 1960 we saw a brand new, oval-shaped grille that enclosed the dual headlamps. Chevrolet was describing their new cars as, “Nearest to perfection a low-priced car ever came!”
Impala was introduced in 1958 as part of the Bel Air series, for 1959 became its own series and was now top-of-the-line for Chevrolet.
Check out those distinctive side moldings, bright rear end panel and triple rear lights.
You can see the short chrome molding that extends back from the headlights that has two horizontal bar moldings above and below it – this was unique to the Impala. Also distinct to the Impala was the triple taillight configuration that was originally used in 1958 and reintroduced this year.
Other noticeable trim on the Impala was the rear quarter missile ornaments also had two rearward pointing moldings that were filled with a contrasting color insert, that contained an Impala script and crossed racing flags insignia.
The original sales brochure told us, ‘Fisher Body richness and good taste are the mark of Impala interiors. All seats in all Impala models have luxurious foam cushioning’.
Chevrolet’s HI-THRIFT 6 was standard even for the Impala. However, for another $107 you could get a 170 horsepower 283 Turbo-Fire V8. However, the original owner of this car opted for the more powerful 348 cubic inch Turbo-Thrust with 3 x 2-barrel carburetors giving 280 horsepower. Paired with a Turboglide automatic transmission it was a $478 option.
Impala Standard Equipment
|Deluxe steering wheel||Rich floor coverings|
|Anodized aluminum trim||Electric clock|
|Back-up lights||Glove compartment light|
|Parking brake warning light|
Some Available Chevrolet Options in 1960
|Power seat (6-way)||$87|
|Power seat (4-way)||$65|
Chevrolet sold 204,467 Impala Sport Coupes for 1960 with the base price at $2,597 with convertible sales totaling 79,903 cars at a base price of $2,847.
The 283 cubic inch Turbo-Thrust engine on this car would have cost an additional $107 when the car was originally ordered with another $199 for the Powerglide automatic transmission. Also present on this car is air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and factory radio.
This ’60 Impala Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)